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Faith

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131k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Faith

"Faith" is a name of English origin, and it means "Faith". It's a name commonly given to girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Faith
Senses
  1. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting solely and implicitly on his authority and veracity; reliance on testimony.
  2. The assent of the mind to the statement or proposition of another, on the ground of the manifest truth of what he utters; firm and earnest belief, on probable evidence of any kind, especially in regard to important moral truth." Faith, that is, fidelity, -- the fealty of the finite will and understanding to the reason." [Coleridge.]
  3. [Judeo-Christian Theol]
    1. The belief in the historic truthfulness of the Scripture narrative, and the supernatural origin of its teachings, sometimes called historical and speculative faith.
    2. [Christian Theol]
      The belief in the facts and truth of the Scriptures, with a practical love of them; especially, that confiding and affectionate belief in the person and work of Christ, which affects the character and life, and makes a man a true Christian, -- called a practical evangelical, or saving faith.
      "Without faith it is impossible to please him [God]." [Heb. xi. 6.]
      "The faith of the gospel is that emotion of the mind which is called “trust” or “confidence” exercised toward the moral character of God, and particularly of the Savior." [Dr. T. Dwight.]
      " Faith is an affectionate, practical confidence in the testimony of God." [J. Hawes.]
  4. That which is believed on any subject, whether in science, politics, or religion; especially [Theol] , a system of religious belief of any kind; as, the Jewish or Mohammedan faith; the Christian faith ; also, the creed or belief of a Christian society or church."Which to believe of her, Must be a faith that reason without miracle Could never plant in me." [Shak.]"Now preacheth the faith which once he destroyed." [Gal. i. 23.]
  5. Fidelity to one's promises, or allegiance to duty, or to a person honored and beloved; loyalty."Children in whom is no faith." [Deut. xxvii. 20.]"Whose failing, while her faith to me remains, I should conceal." [Milton.]
  6. Word or honor pledged; promise given; fidelity; as, he violated his faith ."For you alone I broke me faith with injured Palamon." [Dryden.]
  7. Credibility or truth.(R)"The faith of the foregoing narrative." [Mitford.]

Etymology: OE. feith fayth fay, OF. feid feit fei, F. foi, fr. L. fides; akin to fidere to trust, Gr. pei`qein to persuade. The ending th is perhaps due to the influence of such words as truth health wealth. See Bid Bide, and cf. Confide Defy Fealty

interjection Faith
By my faith; in truth; verily.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Loyalty or allegiance to a cause or a person ("keep the faith" and "they broke faith with their investors")
  2. Complete confidence in a person or plan etc ("he cherished the faith of a good woman")
  3. A strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny ("he lost his faith but not his morality")
  4. An institution to express belief in a divine power ("a member of his own faith contradicted him")
Wiktionary
  1. A female given name.
  2. A city in South Dakota.

Notable Persons Named Faith

Faith Evans is a noteworthy somebody. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1994 to present. Faith was given the name Faith Renée Evans on June 10th, 1973 in Lakeland, Florida, U.S.

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Faith Hill is a country music and country pop singing, record producer, and actor. She plays Guitar and Vocals. She was most active from 1993 to present. Faith was given the name Audrey Faith Perry on September 21st, 1967 in Ridgeland, Mississippi, U.S.

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Faith Domergue was an actress. Her career lasted from 1941 to 1974. Faith was given the name Faith Marie Domergue on June 16th, 1924 in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S. She breathed her last breath on April 4th, 1999.

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Faith Ford is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1983. Faith was given the name Alexis Ford in Alexandria, Louisiana, U.S.

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Faith Jenkins is a leading individual. She holds the title Miss Louisiana 2000, Miss Louisiana Tech 1998, and Miss Louisiana2000. Faith was born on September 21st, 1977.

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Alberta Watson was an actress and actor. She was most active from 1975 to 2012. Alberta was given the name Faith Susan Alberta Watson on March 6th, 1955 in Toronto. She died on March 21st, 2015.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Faith

Paloma Faith is a pop music, soul music, and jazz musician. She has been prominent since 2007. Paloma was given the name Paloma Faith Blomfield on July 21st, 1981 in Hackney, London, England.

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Adam Faith was a pop music, pop rock, rock, roll, and beat music musician. He was most prominent from 1957 to 2003. Adam was given the name Terence Nelhams-Wright on June 23rd, 1940 in Acton, London, England. Adam is also known as Terry Nelhams. He passed away on March 8th, 2003.

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Percy Faith was a bandleader, orchestration, and composer. Percy was born on April 7th, 1908 in Toronto. He left this life on February 9th, 1976.

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Hope, and Charity Saints Faith was a saint. They hold the title Virgin Martyrs. Hope, was born in 2. They left this life in 2.

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Saint Faith was a saint. Saint was born in 3 in Agen. She left this life in 3.

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Faith is a comics character.

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How popular is the baby name Faith in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 6 6 0
1881 5 5 0
1882 9 9 0
1884 6 6 0
1885 10 10 0
1886 16 16 0
1887 5 5 0
1888 13 13 0
1889 16 16 0
1890 10 10 0
1891 27 27 0
1892 21 21 0
1893 14 14 0
1894 23 23 0
1895 21 21 0
1896 27 27 0
1897 25 25 0
1898 37 37 0
1899 29 29 0
1900 33 33 0
1901 29 29 0
1902 21 21 0
1903 32 32 0
1904 27 27 0
1905 19 19 0
1906 39 39 0
1907 20 20 0
1908 35 35 0
1909 39 39 0
1910 35 35 0
1911 47 47 0
1912 67 67 0
1913 79 79 0
1914 91 91 0
1915 126 126 0
1916 113 113 0
1917 156 156 0
1918 174 174 0
1919 152 152 0
1920 164 164 0
1921 190 190 0
1922 219 219 0
1923 222 222 0
1924 232 232 0
1925 226 226 0
1926 224 224 0
1927 216 216 0
1928 212 212 0
1929 199 199 0
1930 231 231 0
1931 261 261 0
1932 340 340 0
1933 330 330 0
1934 325 325 0
1935 301 301 0
1936 354 354 0
1937 339 339 0
1938 327 327 0
1939 382 382 0
1940 372 372 0
1941 463 463 0
1942 571 571 0
1943 570 570 0
1944 447 447 0
1945 424 424 0
1946 436 436 0
1947 459 459 0
1948 400 400 0
1949 387 387 0
1950 457 457 0
1951 588 588 0
1952 603 603 0
1953 604 604 0
1954 676 676 0
1955 800 800 0
1956 782 777 5
1957 826 826 0
1958 789 789 0
1959 837 837 0
1960 878 873 5
1961 783 783 0
1962 729 729 0
1963 795 795 0
1964 805 805 0
1965 708 708 0
1966 654 654 0
1967 594 594 0
1968 532 532 0
1969 523 523 0
1970 557 549 8
1971 530 530 0
1972 526 526 0
1973 510 510 0
1974 542 542 0
1975 555 555 0
1976 637 637 0
1977 802 802 0
1978 840 840 0
1979 860 860 0
1980 805 805 0
1981 795 795 0
1982 695 686 9
1983 668 663 5
1984 635 635 0
1985 564 559 5
1986 634 634 0
1987 561 561 0
1988 621 621 0
1989 707 707 0
1990 947 940 7
1991 1,074 1,074 0
1992 1,138 1,138 0
1993 1,133 1,133 0
1994 1,305 1,305 0
1995 1,747 1,747 0
1996 2,165 2,158 7
1997 2,583 2,576 7
1998 3,223 3,217 6
1999 4,241 4,234 7 #76 girl name
2000 5,008 4,998 10 #66 girl name
2001 5,416 5,409 7 #53 girl name
2002 5,529 5,524 5 #48 girl name
2003 5,607 5,592 15 #50 girl name
2004 5,442 5,415 27 #52 girl name
2005 5,254 5,245 9 #49 girl name
2006 4,867 4,860 7 #62 girl name
2007 4,309 4,297 12 #74 girl name
2008 3,630 3,623 7 #90 girl name
2009 3,765 3,758 7 #79 girl name
2010 3,701 3,692 9 #74 girl name
2011 3,731 3,722 9 #71 girl name
2012 3,537 3,537 0 #75 girl name
2013 3,409 3,398 11 #89 girl name
2014 3,718 3,708 10 #79 girl name
2015 3,313 3,305 8 #91 girl name
2016 3,040 3,035 5 #100 girl name

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Popularity of Faith as a first name

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Popularity of Faith as a last name

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Common last names for Faith

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Common first names for Faith

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Faith U.S.
  White 91.96% 64.26%
  African American 2.31% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.88% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.75% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.76% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Faith

People with the last name Faith are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Faith

  • How Popular is the name Faith? Faith is the 535th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Faith was the 100th most popular name. As a last name Faith was the 8,323rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Faith have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 131,316 babies born with the first name Faith in the United States. That's more than enough people named Faith to occupy the country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with an estimated population of 109,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Faith? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Faith first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Faith is Monday, November 10th, 1873.
  • What year had the most people named Faith born? The highest recorded use of the first name Faith was in 2003 with a total of 5,592 babies. That's a lot of babies named Faith!
  • Random Faith Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Faith ranks 82nd in popularity as a baby girl's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 57 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Faith: Your name in reverse order is Htiaf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Fatih. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Faith? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,981 people with the last name Faith.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Faith? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Faith as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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